Manchester, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini described his team’s recent 5-1 thumping of Tottenham as ‘complete’ performance.
It also had the beaten manager Tim Sherwood calling their conqueror the “the best team on the planet”.
“Without question these are the champions of the league,” Sherwood said.
City tore Tottenham to shreds in ruthless fashion for their 18th win in a 20-match unbeaten run that also ended Tottenham’s unbeaten Premier League run under Sherwood.
Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany did the damage for the City.
Enjoying 66 percent of possession against Spurs and had 24 shots, Pellegrini suggested they might have scored 10 or 11, as they missed five or six clear chances.
He insists, though, that they are not yet thinking about the Premier League title with still 15 games to play.
With the win, City usurped Arsenal at the top of the table.
Pellegrini’s concern is how long striker Sergio Aguero will be sidelined, with the extent of the injury to be known by City’s medical staff on Thursday.
Aguero went out with a suspected hamstring injury just before half-time against Tottenham.
City is also turning its attention to the final two days of the transfer window, currently in talks with Porto over a £46million double deadline-day deal for Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando.
They are prepared to splash out £38m to land the 22-year-old centre-half Mangala, believing he can form a formidable defensive pairing with skipper Vincent Kompany.
Neighbours Manchester United and French champions Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on signing Mangala, but City feels they may be able to catch their rivals on the hop by moving now.
City are also interested in landing Mangala’s team-mate Fernando for £8m.
Up next for the City would be Chelsea on Monday.